The lead artists who created “Meet Me at the Triangles,” a public art installation at Marian Fryer Plaza in Downtown Wheaton will discuss the design process, from conception to completion, in a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. This presentation is part of the inaugural event for the “Curated Conversations” series presented by the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District.
The sculpture, which was installed in October 2020, is located on 11219 Grandview Ave., near the Wheaton Metro Station and Westfield Wheaton Mall. It was created by artist Norie Sato, who collaborated with local artists Adrienne Moumin, Eric B. Ricks, Maritza Rivera and Achamyeleh Debela.
“Public art brings enormous value to cities aesthetically, culturally, socially, and economically,” Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and discussion moderator, said in a press release. “Meet Me at the Triangles is the first major artwork commissioned by Montgomery County in several years and now serves as a public gathering place for the community in the heart of Wheaton Town Square. It is our hope that the unique creative placekeeping design of this piece, which incorporates elements of significance that recognize and honor the Wheaton community, will become a catalyst for more inclusive and community-centered public art throughout Maryland.”
Explained Todd W. Bressi, a teacher at University of Pennsylvania and Pratt Institute, “The artwork transcends pure urban design approaches to placemaking to incorporate place-specific meaning, absorbed from the artist’s research into the history of Wheaton and engagement with the community around Wheaton Headquarters.”
The discussion, which will include a question and answer section, will take place on Zoom To register, click here.
“Now, more than ever, we need art throughout our community to lift spirts and bring us back together as a community,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. He encouraged county residents to visit Wheaton Town Square and the exhibit.
Marian Fryer Plaza is a public town square that also includes a fountain and outdoor amphitheater and performance stage.
Did you know? The shape of this artwork was inspired by the Wheaton Triangle?
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— Wheaton Maryland (@WheatonMD) April 25, 2021
We need art throughout our community to lift spirts and bring us back together. "Meet Me at the Triangles" is an engaging sculpture by artists Norie Sato, Adrienne Moumin, Eric B. Ricks, Maritza Rivera, and Achamyeleh Debela. Virtual discussion tomorrow night. https://t.co/2R4zULiqQt
— County Exec Marc Elrich (@MontCoExec) April 27, 2021